Dogs and cats are curious creatures and at this time of year they can sometimes be found harassing a snake.
Different species of snakes possess different types of venom so if your pet is bitten, signs can appear anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours after a bite.
The early signs of snake bite include:
How can you help your pet survive a snake bite?
Even if you only suspect your pet has been bitten by a snake you should see a vet. It is better that your pet is checked over rather than wait and be sorry.
DO NOT try treatment options such as cold packs, ice, tourniquets, alcohol, bleeding the wound and trying to suck out venom in place of getting your pet to the vet - they are a waste of VERY precious time.
Please never attempt to kill, handle or capture the snake – you could also end up getting bitten.